Newsboy-"Great mystery! Fifty
victims! Paper, mister?"
Passer-by-"Here, boy, I'll take
(After reading a moment.) "Say,
boy, there's nothing of the kind in this paper. Where is
Newsboy-"That's the mystery,
guvnor. You're the fifty-first victim."
A railroad shopman had been drawn on a
Federal grand jury and didn't want to serve. When his
name was called he asked the judge to excuse him.
"We are very busy at the shops," said
he,"and I ought to be there."
"So are you one of those men who
think the railroad couldn't get along without you,"
remarked the judge.
"No, your honor,"said the
shopman. "I know it could get along without me, but
I don't want it to find out."
"Excused,"said the judge.
"His last play had the audience in
"No, stretching and yawning."
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
THRONGS AT JOPLIN.
Carthage Woodmen Went off in
Style for the Log Rolling.
The Carthage Woodmen camp No. 3340 went
of in style this morning to attend the log rolling at
Joplin. They assembled on the square at 8:45 and headed
by the Light Guard band and a banner bearer, they marched
around the square and to the Frisco depot to take the
9:05 train. There were 18 full-fledged
"foresters" in line, uniformed in blue blouses,
grey caps, white duck trousers and each carrying bran new
"kant kutter ax. John Gray was head (s) man and bore
the huge chopping ax usually carried in fairy pictures by
Following the "foresters"
marched a train of brush burners and chip pilers attired
in straw hats, checked jackets and just any old pair of
Several hundred Carthage people visited
the log rolling, and during the morning two special
trains from the east, one of 12
City Hall Reports Backlash Caused by
Mandatory Recycling Charges.
Reports from City Hall
yesterday were that phone calls and personal
comments were building opposition to the recently
passed mandatory charges for recycling. The
Council voted last Tuesday to add a $1.29 charge
to every family residence in the City in order to
pay for a curb side recycling program that will
be furnished by American Disposal Services. The
charge for a single member household will
increase by $1.46 over the contract's basic rate.
There has been no explanation as to why the
single member household rate increase is 13%
larger than that for a family.
Mayor Kenneth Johnson said
yesterday that calls concerning the recycling
program were being noted and all but one so far
had been against the mandatory charges.
Council member Don Stearnes
told the Mornin' Mail yesterday that a
survey he was conducting among constituents was
running six to one against the measure. The
recycling amendment was attached to the five year
solid waste contract renewal with American. The
current contract expires September 30 of this
year. Stearnes was one of four Council members to
vote against the recycling amendment. He says he
voted for the full contract as amended because he
didn't want to disrupt regular trash collection
after the current contract expires.
Citizens who opposed the
recycling measure had no opportunity to speak out
as the issue was not publicized on the Council
agenda. Most thought the issue had been settled
at the previous Council meeting when a 7-2 vote
established a free recycling drop off location
for those wishing to recycle.
Mayor Johnson has consistently
opposed the mandatory charges and is particularly
concerned for those on a fixed income. Johnson
has yet to sign the Council bill that approves
the $1.29/$1.46 recycling charge, but unless
there is a change in position by one or two
Council members, the bill will automatically take
affect after the next Council meeting on
Council member Stearnes is
encouraging citizens to make their opinions known
to Council members and the Mayor. Stearnes thinks
that if enough people express their
dissatisfaction with the proposal, some Council
members would change their mind on the issue and
introduce an alternative, less expensive plan at
the next Council meeting. The contract has to be
signed by September 30, 1998.
Jones Named Barton County
The Carthage Chamber of
Commerce announced yesterday that Jasen Jones,
current Special Projects Coordinator for the
organization, has accepted the position of
Director of Chamber Affairs with the Barton
County Chamber of Commerce at Lamar.
The announcement said that
while Jones was excited about the new challenges
and opportunities with the new job, he noted that
serving the Chambers members of Carthage has
created many special memories for him.
Jones told the Mornin' Mail
that his duties in Lamar will begin in mid
Carthage Tourism "On the
The Carthage Chamber is
currently involved in an area wide, unique radio
transmission promotion. Three 10 watt stations
continually air a seven-minute announce of times,
dates, and locations of area attractions and
special events. Transmitters and antennas for the
stations are physically located along billboards
that encourage motorists to "Tune into Show
Me Tourism on 530 AM." The broadcasts
originate along Highway 71 near Nevada and along
Interstate 44 near Mt. Vernon and Miami.
Broadcast coverage for the stations generally
includes an area of 5-15 miles, depending in part
on atmospheric conditions and technical
From what I hear, it's not
recommended that an elected City official
frequent the coffee shops during this time of
sorted trash talk. From what I've seen, there
is nothin' much worse than a caffeine
deficient political figure. This dilemma has
ta get settled before we are reduced to a
local government consisting of back street
coffee drinkers afraid to see the light of
'Course there are the brave
at heart who are makin' there way out to meet
the public head on. Don Stearnes has hit the
streets with clipboard in hand, confronting
citizens with the $1.29 per month forever
recyclin' question and is recording the
I have not been privy to
whether Don is a public coffee drinker, but
his thoughtful and deliberate approach would
indicate that he is functioning on more than
caffeine induced energy. He, at least, should
find safe refuge among those who frequent the
mornin' and afternoon java sessions.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin'.
Oak Street health & herb
by Mari An Willis
Allergies! It is the season and
this dry weather just compounds the problem. One
good thing my friend, Lowell, has shared with me
is the bright side to ragweed is that 6 weeks
from the date it blooms we will have our first
frost...with these hot days doesn't that sound
Some traditional herbs to take
during the allergy season are: nettle root,
licorice root, slippery elm, marshmallow and
Nettle root has been used
throughout England for many years. It is an
astringent and tonic plant. It is used to
strengthen and support the whole body. It can be
taken either in the tea form or in capsules. It
is also available in combination in some very
excellent Allergy Support formulas.
*Licorice root is traditionally
used as an expectorant, demulcent and
antispasmodic. It has a wide range of uses in
bronchial problems such as phlegm, bronchitis and
coughs. It is widely known for its use in gastric
and ulcer conditions.
Slippery elm is a very soothing
anti-inflammatory. It is one of my favorites. Not
only does it help remove excess phlegm, but it
calms the stomach and allows for easier
digestion. It is especially good for sensitive or
inflamed mucous membranes.
Marshmallow is another soothing
herb. It has an abundance of mucilage, as does
slippery elm, which makes it beneficial in
inflamed conditions including those in the
respiratory tract. We use it to calm a cough or
dry throat. It, along with slippery elm, is much
better if consumed as a tea or in some apple
*An Elder's Herbal by David
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